09/18/14 2:59pm

The 17 states includes Virginia. Here are five (5) things to know about Enterovirus D68.


Since mid-August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 140 cases of respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 in 16 states: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

New Jersey also has confirmed a case of EV-D68, according to Donna Leusner, director of communications for the New Jersey Department of Health.

And “in the upcoming weeks, more states will have confirmed cases of EV-D68 infection,” the CDC said in a statement Wednesday.

“Several states are investigating clusters of people with severe respiratory illness, and specimens are still being tested for EV-D68. It can take a while to test specimens and obtain lab results… These increases will not necessarily reflect changes in real time, or mean that the situation is getting worse.”

Canadian health officials have confirmed three cases of Enterovirus D68 in British Columbia. A fourth suspected case from a patient with severe respiratory illness is still under investigation.

Two of the confirmed cases are children between 5 and 9, said Dr. Danuta Skowronski, lead epidemiologist on emerging respiratory viruses at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. The third is a teen between 15 and 19.

Read more at this link.

09/18/14 1:28pm
Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria, Virginia by smilla4, on Flickr

We all know how expensive it is to live in our area but, millennials seem to be okay with that according to this recent study from RealtyTrac which shows the millennials are moving to places with more opportunity like Alexandria, Virginia and Arlington.

The millennial generation is generally moving from lower-priced to higher-priced markets for both buying and renting, with the tradeoff being more jobs (lower unemployment) and higher median incomes in the markets they are moving to. The top two counties for percentage increase in millennials between 2007 and 2013 were in the DC metro area — Arlington County, Va., which saw an increase of millennials of 82 percent and Alexandria City, Va., which saw and increase of 81 percent. Not surprisingly both counties have a favorable unemployment rate of 3.2 percent and 3.6 percent respectively, well below the national average.

Read more at this link. Here is the chart on this study.

09/18/14 12:30pm

In addition to the Scavenger Hunt going on NOW in the Old Town Boutique District, find what you think is the best treasure in each store and take a photo and post it to Instagram—and you could win additional prizes from local Alexandria, Virginia merchants!

You can get details about this Instagram contest at this link.

09/18/14 9:51am

Alexandria Public Schools (ACPS) students from Mount Vernon Community School, Jefferson-Houston School, and Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy gathered in City Council Chambers this week to witness Mayor William D. “Bill” Euille sign a proclamation recognizing Constitution Week in Alexandria, Virginia.


09/18/14 9:45am

For our morning links, while you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.


09/18/14 9:08am


To celebrate their anniversary, the Old Town Boutique District is holding its 7th Annual Scavenger Hunt.

Here’s how it works – From Thursday, September 18 (TODAY) to Saturday, September 20, visit the Old Town Boutique District stores. Fill up your Passport with all of our Boutique stamps and you will be entered for a chance to win a Grand Prize, which includes gift certificates and prizes valued at more than $3,000!**

You can participate by downloading and printing the passport, or to pick up a copy at participating Boutiques during the event.

Participants who registered will have a bag and printed passport waiting for you at the Alexandria Visitors Center beginning Thursday, September 18 at 10 a.m. The first 200 registrants will receive a free OTBD Baggu bag!

Limit one Baggu bag per household.


  1. Pick up your bag, grab your passport card, and visit all participating stores over the 3-day event. If you registered, you will have a bag and passport waiting for you at the Alexandria Visitors Center at 221 King St.The Visitors Center will be open Thursday 10-5, Friday 10-8, and Saturday 10-8.
  2. Get your card stamped and pick up goodies at each store.*
  3. Return fully stamped card to any Boutique by the end of business Saturday.
  4. You will be entered to win a Grand Prize package, including gift certificates and merchandise from all participating stores valued at more than $3,000.**
  5. Post photos to Instagram for a chance to win prizes from individual stores. Click here for details and a prize list.


Complete your passport, turn it in to any participating Boutique, and you will be entered to win our Grand Prize. One lucky Hunter will receive:

$100 Gift Certificates from: 529 Kids Consign • Acme Mid-Century + Modern • Apple Seed Maternity and Baby Boutique • Bellacara • Bishop Boutique • Bloomers • Current Boutique • Gossypia • Hysteria • La Cuisine • lou lou • Mint ConditionMystique Jewelers • Olio Tasting Room • Pacers • Pink & Brown • Red Barn MercantileSara CampbellShe’s UniqueStuart Nordin Home & DesignTchoupitoulas FurnishingsThe Christmas AtticThe Dog ParkThe Pink PalmThe Potomac Bead CompanyThe Sugar Cube

A Jewelry Set from Elinor Coleman’s Vintage Mirage

An Extra Large Vintage Dough Bowl from Germany from European Country Living

An Intro to Knit Kit including yarn, needles, notions and instructional book AND a free Intro to Knitting Class from fibre space™

A gift basket of staff favorites from Hooray for Books!

A set of Stephanie Johnson cosmetic bags from The Shoe Hive

A Deluxe Sugar & Spice Gift Crate + $25 gift certificate from The Spice & Tea Exchange of Alexandria

A candle and diffuser set by Archipelago from Victoria at Home.